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I have spent countless hours over the past however long working on Oak and Acorn The Label. From A to Z and back again. Haven’t we all buried ourselves in life’s on goings? And I have to admit, over this past Easter long weekend and heading into this new week I’ve felt a bit meh. Which has to do with a mixture of things but the main one being reflection.


Usually reflection for me holds great power and positivity. However, the last few days or week it has been quite the opposite. During ‘isolation’ there has been more hours spent in between our four walls than ever before, and I feel as though all of the previous challenges and obstacles I have faced as a mum over the past 9 months have come back to slap me in the face. I don’t mean I’m experiencing all of the past challenges again; I’m talking about mum guilt.


Our lives are all so fast paced, that the majority of the time, we get caught up in the thrill of it all and forget to accept what has happened. To learn, acknowledge and even high five ourselves. There are SO many new know-hows that you experience as a new parent and guess what!? If you’re reading this right now. It means you’ve gotten through EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them…. Time for that self high five super human!


So here’s where the mum guilt steps in. Because I haven’t stopped to acknowledge what we’ve conquered, I feel as though I let time get away, almost as though I wasn’t living in the moment and we all know how quickly these little acorns grow. Moments and time get away from us. It feels as though we can’t let ourselves miss out on the smallest of things because we might never witness this first again.


But here’s the kicker…. There are firsts and seconds and thirds and fourths that we are going to miss. There are moments or times in our new journey that we just aren’t physically or mentally capable to be present for, and that’s OKAY! Your little acorn is thriving and so magically blessed to have you guide them and navigate them through their big journey. Also, remember, EVERYTHING in that first year+ is a first for their growing bodies and brains. They are doing something for the first time every day and night. So you’re witnessing more firsts then you realise.


So this week for me is all about turning it around. Turning that mum guilt into mum cheer!! You should try it too. Every time you feel down, lost, challenged or defeated, use those experiences in the past to acknowledge and appreciate what you have all conquered as a family. Remember, this too shall pass. Whatever it is you’re going through right now, it will pass. I always tell myself… Everything will be okay in the end, if it’s not okay now, it isn’t the end.


That’s all from me today Oaklings and baby acorns. I’m off to reflect positively and appreciate what we have achieved.


Shan x

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